Home from home for kickboxers

Impact Kickboxing (back row, l-r) sponsors Joe Dobbin and Bernie Kennedy, George Smith and Marc McGinnis, (front row, l-r) Martin McGiff, Gary McLeary, Jamie McGinnis and coach Jan Cree now have a place to call their own.

Impact Kickboxing (back row, l-r) sponsors Joe Dobbin and Bernie Kennedy, George Smith and Marc McGinnis, (front row, l-r) Martin McGiff, Gary McLeary, Jamie McGinnis and coach Jan Cree now have a place to call their own.

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FORMER World Kickboxing Champion Jan Cree believes his protégés can match his achievements in the sport now they have their own gym to work in.

Impact Kickboxing pulled together a number of sponsors to buy a hut next to Keir Hardie Sports Centre in Holytown and have turned it into a specialist training facility.

Jan said: “Having our own place will definitely make a big difference as for a long time we had been doing a lot of gym hopping.

“We would go to a place and there would be classes on, or you’d have people waiting for it to be their turn which makes it very difficult to get any continuity.

“Now though we have a gym that is just for us, it’s almost a home away from home. The boys can come down seven days a week and as well as being able to train in a first class facility we also now have the time to talk.

“Possibly in the past I haven’t been able to fully pass on my experience as we were watching the clock, but now we have all the time we need and that can only make the guys better fighters.”

Jamie McGinnis was forced to cancel his professional boxing debut last Saturday due to a damaged tendon in his elbow, but Jan expects him to be ready to face Sergio Garcia for the vacant intercontinental title on September 22.

Club mate Gary McLeary has the opportunity to be a world champion when he faces super-heavyweight title holder Jon Edge on October 13.

Jan said: “Jamie has only been training for two years and already holds two British and a Commonwealth title, he is just so naturally talented.

“Gary is Scottish, British and Commonwealth champion and just the fact he has a world title shot shows how good he is.

“We also shouldn’t forget Jamie’s brother Marc who is injured at the moment, but aside from some bad luck, he’d be up there too.”